American Preppers Network

I spend a fair amount of my day online, both for work and otherwise. That being the case, I tend to visit quite a few survival-related websites and forums. There are a few that have become regular stops for me, for one reason or another. Others will catch my interest for a day or two and that’s about it. These days, you can’t swing a virtual dead cat in cyberspace without hitting at least a couple prepper and survivalist websites, right?

I learned of the existence of the American Preppers Network (APN) quite some time ago but kind of forgot about it. Great site, loads of interesting information, but I got sidelined with other matters and it just sort of fell out of my regular “route” online. Don’t laugh, most of us probably follow similar paths when we go online. Check email, hit our favorite news sites, then move on to message boards and blogs.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I had a conversation with Phil Burns, who is one of the guys running the show at APN. He’s a pretty cool guy and has some really great ideas. We talked for quite a while about our goals with spreading the word about prepping. In short, I was fairly impressed with what he had to say. So much so, in fact, that I accepted his invitation to write a few articles here and there for his site.

What they are doing is transforming the APN site into something like a prepper version of CNN. If you go to the site, you’ll see just a TON of information being presented, covering all aspects of prepping. Pack a lunch as you can easily spend hours there. In addition to the main site, they also have a very extensive message board where you can directly interact with thousands of preppers from across the country. In fact, every state has a sub-forum specifically for networking with folks in your area.

I encourage you to stop by both the site and the message board and poke around. I think you’ll enjoy your time there.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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